Navigation Links
Exercise therapy for low back pain
Date:4/19/2010

Montreal, April 19, 2010 Low back pain (or lumbago) is a common ailment often triggered by something as simple as lifting a suitcase. What is the best way to remedy the situation? An exercise machine designed specifically for back muscles could be the solution according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine.

"If you want to bring about physiological change to help the development and endurance of back muscles, you must focus your training on those specific muscles and not other muscular groups such as hip extensors," says Christian Larivire, a professor at the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauv en sant et en scurit du travail (IRSST), who conducted the study with Universit de Montral researchers Bertrand Arsenault, Rubens A. Da Silva, Sylvie Nadeau, Andr Plamondon et Roger Vadeboncoeur.

The investigation requested that subjects aged 18 to 65 some healthy and others with low back pain complete various exercises. Electromyography (EMG) sensors were used to measure the level of activity and fatigue in various muscles during the routine. "Thanks to this technique, we can target tired muscles which aren't yet showing a decrease in strength," says Larivire.

Test subjects also used a machine designed for back exercises in a semi-sitting position. Results clearly showed that using this machine was beneficial. Using a cushion to stabilize the pelvis brought about a better response from the back muscles. In addition, extending the legs strengthened muscles. "Therefore, we can decrease the use of hip muscles and in turn increase the use of the back muscles," says Larivire.

Such exercises can only help reduce pain and disabilities caused by back pain, says Larivire. He recommends those who suffer severe hurt begin with stretches on the ground with low to medium effort. "Progressively, the individual will gain confidence and can use machines that require superior strength," he says.

Larivire highlights the fact that six out of 10 Quebecers will suffer from back pain in their lifetime. "Musculoskeletal disorders are a serious public health issue," says Larivire. "They're also an economic problem. In 2007, back pain cost Quebec's Commission de la sant et de la scurit du travail $516 million in worker compensations."


'/>"/>

Contact: Sylvain-Jacques Desjardins
sylvain-jacques.desjardins@umontreal.ca
514-343-7593
University of Montreal
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. For osteoporosis patients, exercise pill one step closer to reality
2. Mental health providers should prescribe exercise more often for depression, anxiety
3. The new exercise HIT: do less
4. Exercise counters negative effects of weight regain, researchers find
5. What you eat after exercise matters
6. UB specialized exercise regimen shown to relieve prolonged concussion symptoms
7. Negative emotions outweigh intent to exercise at health clubs
8. Young adults who exercise get higher IQ
9. 5 exercises can reduce neck, shoulder pain of women office workers
10. Improved diet and exercise alone unlikely to cure obstructive sleep apnea in obese patients
11. UF study: Exercise improves body image for fit and unfit alike
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/18/2017)... April 18, 2017  Socionext Inc., a global expert in SoC-based ... edge server, the M820, which features the company,s hybrid codec technology. ... by Tera Probe, Inc., will be showcased during the upcoming Medtec ... show at the Las Vegas Convention Center ... Click here ...
(Date:4/13/2017)... 13, 2017 According to a new market research ... Analytics, Identity Administration, and Authorization), Service, Authentication Type, Deployment Mode, Vertical, and ... is expected to grow from USD 14.30 Billion in 2017 to USD ... 17.3%. ... MarketsandMarkets Logo ...
(Date:4/11/2017)... No two people are believed to ... York University Tandon School of Engineering and Michigan ... partial similarities between prints are common enough that ... and other electronic devices can be more vulnerable ... in the fact that fingerprint-based authentication systems feature ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:8/14/2017)... , ... August 14, 2017 , ... The Conference ... event, which will take place on September 6, 2017 at the Marriott Copley ... , Head of Experimental Medicine, Informatics, and Regulatory Strategy, Pfizer Innovative Research Lab, Pfizer, ...
(Date:8/11/2017)... WI (PRWEB) , ... August 11, 2017 , ... ... in food production, and, in particular, more natural alternatives to synthetic ingredients,” said ... innovation of Third Wave, with the established manufacturing presence and know-how of Biorigin ...
(Date:8/10/2017)... ... August 09, 2017 , ... Each year in the United States ... enough to live an independent lifestyle and, even worse, the one-year mortality rate is ... doctors at the University of California Davis Medical Center (Sacramento) and Second Xiangya Hospital ...
(Date:8/10/2017)... Washington, USA, and CARDIFF, UK (PRWEB) , ... ... ... optics and photonics, has announced an agreement establishing Kinokuniya Company Ltd. as its ... with SPIE as the exclusive sales representative for the SPIE Digital Library in ...
Breaking Biology Technology: